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ISBA President James McCluskey Named Associate Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit

Posted on June 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA President James McCluskey today was named an associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

McCluskey, a founding member of the law firm Momkus McCluskey, LLC, in Lisle, is a commercial litigator who has handled 60 jury trials and built one of DuPage County’s largest law firms.

Long active in the ISBA, he is a member of the Board of Governors and previously served as a member of the Assembly and was chairman of its Agenda Committee. He has served on the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council and its Allerton House Committee.

Rolling Meadows Attorney Donald J. Cosley Receives 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for Criminal Defense

Posted on June 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Donald J. Cosley, of the Law Offices of Donald J. Cosley, has been honored with a 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for the area of criminal defense. 

The Elite Lawyer rating service recognizes attorneys who display a high level of competence in their practice and receive acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar and committees.

Cosley has more than 20 years of courtroom experience representing clients as a criminal defense lawyer. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Special Olympics, Founded by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in Chicago

Posted on June 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Special Olympics will return to the city where it was founded in part by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke.

Burke launched the Special Olympics while working for the Chicago Park District on July 20, 1968. It was first held at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Now, the Special Olympics has grown into the largest sporting event for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, with nearly 5 million Special Olympians representing 172 countries.  

ISBA Offices to Close July 4-5

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holiday beginning Wednesday, July 4. They will reopen on Friday, July 6. During this time, members can expect the following:

  • E-Clips will not be delivered for the duration of this period.
  • Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly will not be delivered on Thursday, July 5. Instead, it will be delivered on Friday, July 6.

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Friday, July 6.

Goostree Law Group, P.C., Honored as a 10 Best Family Law Firm in Illinois

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Goostree Law Group, P.C., was recently named one of the 10 best law firms in Illinois for 2018 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA).

The AIOFLA is a division of the American Institute of Legal Counsel, a third-party attorney rating organization that selects attorneys and firms for recognition based on achievements, client ratings, and peer reviews.

ISBA and IBF 2018 President's Reception Announced

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.)

Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, Ret., the Illinois State Bar Association’s immediate past president and partner at Goldstine, Skroszki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd., will be honored at a reception hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Bar Foundation at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook on Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased online.

A former Cook County Circuit Court judge, Hartigan now focuses his practice on litigation. In addition to serving as ISBA president from 2017-2018, Hartigan served as president of the West Suburban Bar Association and is a current member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and Illinois Judges Association. He is an IBF Gold Fellow and member of the IBF’s Lincoln Legacy Society, and he serves on the IBF’s Lawyers Care Fund and Finance & Investment Committees.

Lavelle Law Expands Presence in Chicago Loop

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Lavelle Law has expanded its footprint in downtown Chicago with a new, larger office in the historic Chicago Board of Trade Building. 

The move to the new location at 141 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 2800, was brokered by the J. Rich Company.

The new space expands the number of offices and conference rooms for the 26-attorney firm, which still houses its main office in Schaumburg. The Loop office handles transactions for individuals and corporations in the city, focusing primarily on litigation, estate planning and administration, commercial real estate, and tax matters.

Burl Forbes Nader 1921-2018

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Burl Forbes Nader, 97, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at Libertyville Manor. He was born May 14, 1921, in East Alton, Ill., and was a Libertyville resident since 1950. 

He was a graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., and the University of Michigan Law School. Burl was a Libertyville attorney for many years and a member of the Lake County Bar Association. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was past commander and finance officer for the Libertyville American Legion Post #329 and also a member of the Libertyville VFW Post #8741. Burl was an active member of the Gardeners of Central Lake County and served on the board of directors for Lakeside Cemetery Association. 

P. Scott Neville, Jr. Sworn in as Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.

The Honorable P. Scott Neville, Jr. was sworn in to the Illinois Supreme Court today during an installation ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. 

He is filling the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman. Justice Neville’s appointment is effective today through Dec. 7, 2020. He said he plans to seek reelection.

A graduate of Washington University’s School of Law, Justice Neville has practiced law in Illinois since 1974, when he became a law clerk for Illinois Appellate Court Justice Glenn T. Johnson. Throughout his career as an attorney, Justice Neville has specialized in appellate, employment, civil rights issues, and complex litigation.

Illinois State Bar Association Leaders Attend Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois State Bar Association President Hon. Russell Hartigan and Third Vice President Dennis Orsey represented the ISBA during the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s annual convention June 8 at the JW Marriott Chicago.

(L-R) ISBA Third Vice President Dennis Orsey, ITLA President Mark Prince, ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan, and Susan Hartigan.